The Austin Food & Wine Alliance has announced that it will expand beyond the capital to Houston.
The alliance will now operate nationwide as the Texas Food & Wine Alliance, overseeing the Houston Food & Wine Alliance and the Austin, San Antonio and Dallas alliances.
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“Now, more than ever, it is important to get together,” Houston chief executive Monica Pope said in a statement. “I am thrilled that the Texas Food & Wine Alliance is bringing the culinary community together nationwide.” And I can’t wait to see what impact their unique fellowship program will have on growing Houston food. “
The new Houston Food & Wine Alliance will support the city’s restaurants with grants, educational programs and events. Granting of grants for each new alliance will begin in 2021 and will bring relief to restaurants that have struggled during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s exciting to see the Food & Wine Alliance expand into Houston,” said Ryan Lachaine, head chef and owner of Riel Restaurant in Montrose, telling our city’s culinary community. “
Since its inception, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance has awarded $ 336,500 grants to chefs, farmers, artisans, wine, beer, and liquor makers, and nonprofits focused on food. The Houston grants available in 2021 are determined through fundraising and sponsorship.
The Houston Food & Wine Alliance won’t be holding any in-person events in 2020, but the Texas Food & Wine Alliance is launching a virtual cooking experience on September 17th that highlights Texas chefs and mixologists and allows viewers to cook alongside them.